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Thursday, May 29,2014

The ‘Soldier of Fortune’ memoirs

By Paul Danish
Serious adventuring — Brown calls it “participatory journalism” — included everything from firing mortar rounds at Russian forts in Afghanistan, hanging with mercenaries in Rhodesia and anti- Communist guerrillas in Laos, rolling into Kuwait City behind the lead tank at the end of the Gulf War, dodging Serb snipers in Sarajevo, and searching for an extinct cow on the Ho Chi Minh Trail — and a lot more.
Thursday, May 15,2014

A modest proposal for cleaning up the mess in Washington

By Paul Danish
Get rid of Washington. Sure, every self-respecting kingdom, empire, democracy, republic, and nation-state since the rocks cooled has had a capital. The capital was where the records were kept, where the treasure was stashed, and where all the best parties, salons, trials, and executions took place.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Last message from Myachka

By Paul Danish
Myachka was the town that my paternal grandparents, my father, and his two sisters came from. They were not Holocaust survivors. My grandparents had the wit to get out of Myachka, and Russia, during the Russian Civil War of 1918-1922. By the time World War II started they had been safely in Chicago for nearly 20 years. My relatives — on both sides — who remained in Europe weren’t so lucky. After the war started, we never heard from them again.
Thursday, April 17,2014

Why the latest climate report will be ignored

By Paul Danish
Nuclear power is a mature technology. It does not require further development (although further development will make it more efficient, economical and safer). Unlike wind and solar, it can supply base-load electricity at a competitive price. Until wind and solar can supply base-load electricity, they are not adequate replacements for fossil fuels.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Marijuana along the Rio Grande

By Paul Danish
The Arizona Republic printed a terrific story last Sunday on the on-going war on marijuana smuggling being waged along the Rio Grande River in Texas.
Thursday, March 20,2014

The green whine over U.S. gas exports

By Paul Danish
Coming from environmental organizations, the solicitous concern about the American consumers being socked with higher gas prices resulting from American natural gas exports is touching and about as surprising as Jack the Ripper coming out against vivisection.
Thursday, March 6,2014

Obama, Putin and pigeon chess

By Paul Danish
So far, the response of the administration and its main European allies to Russia’s seizure of the Crimea and massing of troops on the Ukrainian border has been ludicrously flaccid.
Thursday, February 20,2014

How to increase Colorado’s water supply

By Paul Danish
The best way to increase Colorado´s water supply is by increasing California´s. Really.
Thursday, February 6,2014

A modest proposal to begin updating our national symbols

Start by replacing the eagle with the rat.

By Paul Danish
The time has come to replace the tired old bald eagle on the great seal of the United States and in other patriotic venues with a critter more in keeping with the lifestyle, values and morals of 21st-century America: The rat.
Thursday, January 23,2014

America needs more secret meetings

Public meetings hamper compromise

By Paul Danish
The reason nothing gets done in Washington anymore is not, as commonly supposed, due to the lack of civility in the national political conversation. Meaningful political compromises can only be negotiated in secret, and the bigger the compromise, the more secret the negotiations have to be.